n the full version of the LOLER Approved Code of Practice (ACOP), which gives The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER), the. (a) the LOLER 98 Regulations in full;. (b) the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP); and. (c) guidance material that has been written to help people use these. Safe use of lifting equipment Approved Code of Practice and guidance, associated with the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment.

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This website uses non-intrusive cookies to improve aocp user experience. Is this page useful? However, when used at work, the provisions of PUWER still apply including selection, inspection, maintenance, and training. Lifting equipment must be thoroughly examined in a number of situations, including:.

Lifting operations range from:. Records must be kept of all thorough examinations and any defects found must be reported to both the person responsible for the equipment and the relevant enforcing authority. December with amendments ISBN: Where the SWL of any equipment or accessory depends on its configuration, the information provided on the SWL must reflect all potential configurations for example, where the hook of an engine hoist can be moved to different positions, the SWL should be shown for each position.

This may include employees of other organisations who undertake maintenance acp other work on equipment – who will usually be at work and may even need to test and use the lifting equipment during their acoop. Accessories must also be marked to show any characteristics that might affect their safe use. Lifting equipment What is lifting equipment Planning and organising lifting operations Lifting persons Thorough examination of lifting equipment Passenger lifts and escalators Vacuum lifting equipment Powered gates The basics for safety Legal responsibilities Ensuring powered doors and gates are safe Manufacture and supply of new work equipment UK supply law EU supply law CE marking Essential requirements Standards Conformity assessment Notified bodies Technical files Declaration of Conformity Declaration of Incorporation User instructions New caop Machinery Directive: Examples of work equipment which does not come under LOLER but still comes under the provisions of PUWER include escalators and moving walkwaysmany conveyor systems and simple pallet trucks that only raise the load just clear of the ground so it can be moved.


The context and examples have been expanded to show that LOLER applies across every sector using lifting equipment.

Nevertheless, upon installation, this equipment must meet the requirements of all relevant European Product Supply Directives and so be safe by design and construction when placed on the market. HSE aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health.

Some work equipment – particularly continuous types that transport people or goods, often from one level to another – is not considered lifting equipment and so is not subject to LOLER’s specific provisions.

This includes lifting equipment whose only source of power is directly applied human effort eg manually operated chain blocks and car jacks. LOLER only applies to lifting equipment which is used at work. This may include the weight of the parts, where their weight is significant.

Revised Edition of LOLER ACOP published Dec 2014

The DoC may avoid the need for an initial thorough examination before first use in those cases where the safety of that equipment does not depend on the conditions of its aocp or assembly. The guidance clarifies which equipment is subject to the provisions of the regulations and the role of the competent person. The new text for paragraph 28 c reads:. A simple guide for employers Lifting equipment at work: Records of thorough examinations should be made and, where defects are identified, they should be reported to both the lo,er using the equipment and to any person from whom it has been hired or leasedand the relevant enforcing authority HSE for industrial workplaces; local authorities for most other workplaces.

In any case, insurers may require a similarly high standard of protection to manage public liability in these situations. LOLER requires that lifting equipment must be of adequate strength and stability.

HSE aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. Risky business Liler safety on farms Kidsafe: You can visit our cookie privacy page for more information. Furthermore, employers and the self-employed have responsibilities, so far as reasonably practicable, for the safety of people they do not employ that may be affected by the employer’s work under section 3 of the HSW Act.

All lifting equipment, including accessories, must be clearly marked to indicate their ‘safe working loads’ SWL – the maximum load the equipment can safely lift. For example, stair lifts and platform lifts mainly used for people with impaired mobility come under the Machinery Directive and those over 3 m vertical distance require third party conformity assessment by a notified body.


Some lifting equipment may not be used by people at work, such lolerr stair lifts installed in private dwellings and platform lifts in shops for disabled customer access – which are not subject to LOLER or PUWER in these circumstances.

In planning any lifting operation, the identification and assessment of risk is key to identifying the most appropriate equipment and method for the job.

Health and Safety Executive. Therefore, businesses allowing the public to use lifting equipment, such as passenger lifts primarily intended for use by people not at work, should still acoo managing the risks from this equipment – and will generally need to be to the same stringent standards as required by LOLER and PUWER.

Where equipment is to be used to lift peopleit should be marked to indicate the number of people that can be lifted in addition to the SWL of the equipment. Most lifting equipment and lifting accessories will also fall within the scope of the Machinery Directiveas implemented by the UK Supply of Machinery Safety Regulations.

Many other organisations also publish guidance material on LOLER and its application in practice, which businesses may find helpful – much of which can be found using standard web searches.

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Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) – Work equipment and machinery

You ackp visit our cookie privacy page for more information. A ‘load’ is the item or items being lifted, which includes a person or people. Other more specific legislation may also apply, for example the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulationswhen safety harnesses are being used for rope access work during activities such as window cleaning.